Not my usual thing, but the relentlessly ridiculous drivel mainstream media in America are pushing these days surprises even me. From supposedly neutral reporting to flat-out insanity at the Wall Street Journal, it’s truly something remarkable. Again, this puts the whole inability to report on Latin American affairs in perspective.
Here’s a video of political hip-hop in El Alto, the Aymara capital of the world and a largely indigenous city that looms above La Paz on the Altiplano plateau. (Via El Duderino)
Bunch of good things on Brazil I’ve read this week:
T-Pain finally makes an appearance in the latest Auto-Tune The News.
Many times I respond to criticism (from people not all that familiar of Bolivian politics) of the Bolivian people for electing Evo by explaining that the opposition is not exactly the sort of people you vote for. Manfred Reyes Villa, who’s the second most popular opposition candidate, has picked a vice-presidential candidate to run with, and, well, he gets points for surprising people. The candidate is Leopoldo Fernández, and, he’s in jail. I last mentioned him because The Economist failed to mention that he’s in jail for allegedly orchestrating the massacre of over 20 indigenous people who supported Evo Morales. I wonder who is advising Villa, because picking this candidate, who’s in jail, not only makes it a bit harder to campaign, but might turn some people off, being that Fernández is in jail on charges of massacring over 20 people. Morales can easily turn people off, especially non-indigenous, but the opposition is also clearly insane.
Seriously. By the United Nations. Pachamama must be very proud. And, honestly, I’d like to be named world hero of something.